Learn the basic information to protect your privacy and secure your identity on internet and how to stop misuse of your personal information.
Nowadays, the use of internet is increasing exponentially, specially in youth. No doubt it gives all the information that you required but one cannot neglect the dark side of it. Cases of misuse of your personal information and identity are being increased. That’s why there is need to protect your identity and privacy on internet.
Internet is a worldwide network that connects huge number of computers. It helps to stay connected with your business partners, friends, and family members whether they are in India or elsewhere. When you fill the consumer survey, there is a need of many personal details including your name, last name, address etc. You have to give your identity and personal information, when you purchase any item online.
You have to mention your credit card details and bank account information to buy online, so there is risk of misuse of this information. Currently, utilization of Internet becomes more hazardous due to hackers and identity thieves. They attempt to obtain the information like credit card information, social security information, and bank accounts etc. Website operators gather your personal information and give it to advertisers to make profit. This can be avoided by maintaining privacy on internet.
More privacy risk is associated with Internet Relay Chat, Cookies, Browsers, HTTP, Downloading freeware, Search engines, E-mail and cryptography, Spam, E-mail, Electronic commerce.
How to protect your identity and privacy on internet?
Conceal IP address:
Internet Protocol (IP) is the computer address. It helps to recognize the source of any Internet activities, which are done at your computer. The person is able to know about browser type, geographical location and other personal information by using IP address. Thus, you should hide your IP address to stop hackers from observing your activity.
Make a plan:
Internet protection needs four-prong approach containing privacy and identity security, browser security, computer system security and deception attentive service.
Think properly before you give any information on site:
Social networking sites like facebook, orkut, yahoo etc. are the main place for the cybercriminal activities. Be aware about this and do not mention your personal information at any site. Sometimes, it appears on the site even if you deleted this information.
Utilize Wi-Fi security:
With the help of computers and mobile, you can access the Wi-Fi protection. Make a use of online mystery products that protect your identity, personal information and searches you have made on the computer.
Other tips for protect your identity and privacy on internet
When you feel that the questions or information being asked is not related to service that you want to get from the site, give up this site and search the other site that ask the relevant questions only.
Use the different password at different websites. Be sure that you should not use your credit cards or bank accounts password anywhere else. Don’t use mobile number, credit card pin number as password.
Think a twice before entering the information on social networking sites or chat sites. If you do not give identity when posting to public forums then utilize a recently formed email address or the account that does not contain your personal information.
You should put in and maintain a firewall software, if you want to use “always on” network association because this software does not allow hack and remote attacks in your computers.
White paper has been designed by Cisco to make security on internet. These white papers give you information about how to protect your privacy, your identity against theft, how to surf the Internet secretly and many more.
You can go for cookie management software to protect your identity. They are in the form of passwords and user IDs therefore you need not to retype them every time you open the page at the site. Some cookies can be used for “data mining” functions.
Maintain clean e-mail address. Do not mail the important information or the business information because when you mail someone, the computer contains more copies of the same mail. Maintain fake e-mail address, when you send the mail to unknown parties, chat rooms and other public spaces on the internet.
Do not go for the site that gives prize in exchange of your personal information. They collect this information for marketing purposes. The owner of the site sells it to other marketers.
Avoid to gives the reply to the spammers. When you received the spammed advertisement, do not reply them. If you do so then you will be add in the spammers’ lists.
Two sources, cookies and Internet addresses are available that gives your information to the website’s owner when you surf on the internet. If you block both of these source then it is not possible for the website owner to gather any information about you.
Users can know the information they have typed because of web browsers. But everyone, who used this computer, can see this information so you may fall in trouble. This problem can be solved by cookies.
Internet Privacy Software – Do You Need It To Protect Your Online Privacy (Youtube video):